Field Study Traditional Catalog - Law Enforcement

Last Updated 3/13/2024


IMPORTANT TIP: We recommend starting the applications for ALL law enforcement positions at least 6 months in advance, to allow time for a background checks and/or other steps needed as part of the onboarding process.


California Department of Justice - LA CLEAR (Site #800) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL    Winter: FULL     Spring: Yes    Summer 2024: TBA
Placement type: In person 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1-2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 5700 S. Eastern Avenue, Commerce Calif. 90040
Hours of Operation: 24/7                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Michael Marshall                                      Title: Crime Analyst Supervisor
Email Address:          Phone: 323-947-2260

About the Organization:
For more than twenty years, LA CLEAR has provided service to the Los Angeles HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), California, and the western United States region. These efforts have not gone unnoticed as LA CLEAR has become a national model for deconfliction watch center, with our call volume of 43% of the national total. Our analytical support and products, as well as our technical support and training reach thousands of law enforcement professionals throughout the country each year.

Placement Job Description:

Under supervision, incumbents perform a variety of duties such as:

  • Searching various databases and files for criminal history and individual information
  • Analyzing a variety of records and data to identify patterns and validate information
  • Searching and comparing fingerprints
  • Analyzing applications (e.g., for licensure, certification, permit)
  • Providing assistance and support to local law enforcement and related agencies
  • Maintaining confidentiality and ensuring the appropriate release of records.

Requirements (subject to change): Basic computer and software skill (i.e Microsoft products .. etc.)
COVID-19 Protocols: Follow State of California and Cal-OSHA Rules and Regulations
How to Apply: Submit standard employment application-

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) (Site #805) 

Accepting students for 23-24 AY:  Fall: NO  Winter: NO     Spring: YES (S24 ONLY)     Summer 2024: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2           Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA (Los Angeles placements also available) 
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                              
Site Website:
Main Contact: Nicole Cagle                                   Title: Management and Program Analyst
Email Address:        Phone: 562-519-2790    

About the Organization: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s mission is to investigate, disrupt and dismantle terrorist, transnational and other criminal organizations that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. HSI has broad legal authority to conduct federal criminal investigations into the illegal cross-border movement of people, goods, money, technology and other contraband throughout the United States. HSI utilizes these authorities to investigate a wide array of transnational crime, including: terrorism; national security threats; narcotics smuggling; transnational gang activity; child exploitation; human smuggling and trafficking; illegal exports of controlled technology and weapons; money laundering; financial fraud and scams; worksite and employment crimes; cybercrime; intellectual property theft and trade fraud; identity and benefit fraud; and human rights violations and war crimes.

Placement Job Description: This posting is for the Spring 2024, however, the length of the internship can be extended for the intern to gain more work experience.

Interns will perform a variety of administrative and investigative support duties and observe other events. These may include:

  • The research and analysis of data
  • Assisting in preparing reports
  • Liaison with local and other federal law enforcement agencies
  • Attending court hearings and judicial proceedings
  • Attending meetings at the United States Attorney's Office
  • Shadowing HSI Special Agents during their daily routines.

Interns will be afforded the opportunity to not only work with various investigative teams within the HSI Orange County field office, but also other investigative teams within the HSI Los Angeles area field offices. Core working hours are typically Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, however, the day-to-day life of an HSI Special Agent varies. There may be some days where hours may be required outside of the core hours. HSI will attempt to schedule these hours around the intern’s schedule.

Resume submissions are due no later than September 15th, 2023.

Applicants will be contacted no later than September 22nd, 2023 for an interview.

Requirements (subject to change): Must be a U.S. Citizen and provide a photocopy of a valid birth certificate or passport. A background investigation to include a drug screening and fingerprint exam will be administered.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required for those not vaccinated, Physical Distancing
How to Apply: Please submit a cover page and resume to

Horsemen, Inc. (Site #808) 

Accepting students for Fall: Yes   Winter: NO     Spring: NO     Summer 2024: YES (SSI & SSII) 
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available:1           Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 16911 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Hours of Operation:    Mon-Fri 8-5                           
Main Contact:  Mr. Ed Carpenter                                 Title: Operations and Training Manager
Email Address:         Phone:  714-231-4521  

About the Organization

Mission: To establish Horsemen, Inc. as a superior service provider in the insurance fraud community.
Various aspects and job positions within Horsemen, Inc., a private investigations company, will be learned. Participants could work in one or several of the job positions within the company assisting with and administrating investigations for insurance type claims. Some tasks could include data entry, quality control review of reports and video, and shadowing investigators in the field, as they conduct surveillance and obtain recorded interviews for claims and incidents.

Placement Job Description:

To be honest, reliable, and discreet (of any case knowledge or findings) as they apply to attention to detail while learning the various jobs within a commercial private investigations company working with clients who are companies and attorney's. The daily tasks and assignments could range from administrative jobs of data entry, case-setup, working in the audio-visual department to review video and conducting quality control reviews. There could be limited field work opportunities during a participants tenure, of shadowing investigators as they conduct surveillance or obtain statements.

Requirements (subject to change)

  • Must pass a background check for civil and criminal history, a reference check, and drug screen.
  •    They will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  •    Be able to work cohesively in an office environment as a team member, conducting individually assigned tasks, while being discreet with any information learned, regarding case information and details.

COVID-19 Protocols: Physical Distancing
How to Apply:  Can email Ed Carpenter to inquire as to the semester availability and to initiate the process. Once initial contact is made and to continue the process as needed, submit a resume to Ed Carpenter at

Irvine Police Department (Site #801) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL    Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL   Summer 2024: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 4            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Kayln Bullerdick                               Title: Program Specialist - Office of Professional Development at Irvine PD
Email          Phone: 949-724-7155

About the Organization:
Mission Statement: Working in partnership with the community, we will preserve the peace, uphold the law with fairness and provide quality service.

Placement Job Description: Interns are placed in specific units within the Irvine Police Department.

Possible units include:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Emergency Management
  • Crime Analysis
  • Training and Recruiting
  • Business Desk
  • Animal Services
  • Traffic
  • Records
  • Vehicle Equipment Services
  • Technology and Innovation

Requirements (subject to change): Interview and background check
COVID-19 Protocols: N/A
How to Apply: Students should email Kayln Bullerdick to request an application and information regarding an internship with the Irvine Police Department. Requests should be made no later than four weeks prior to the placement deadline.

Orange County Probation (Site #803)

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2024: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 10            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): Varies on assignment. Through out the County of Orange
Hours of Operation: M-F between the hour of 8-5 in a Field office; Evenings and weekends in our youth facilities                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Sandra Prentiss                                 Title: Volunteer Services Coordinator
Email Address:          Phone: 714-667-7711

About the Organization:
Mission Statement:
As a public safety agency, the Orange County Probation Department serves the community using efficient and research-supported corrections to:

  • Reduce Crime
  • Assist the Courts in Managing Offenders
  • Promote Lawful and Productive Lifestyles
  • Assist Victims

Probation Officers and Staff: What Do We Do?

  • Provide Supervision: 
    • Probation Officers currently supervise approximately 1,550 youth and 11,200 adult offenders who are on probation or in court-ordered diversion programs. 
  • Probation plays an important role in rehabilitating criminal offenders by ensuring that court-ordered programs are attended, referring offenders to counseling and therapy programs, helping offenders stay in school or maintain jobs, and requiring them to pay restitution to victims of crime.
  • Probation protects the community by enforcing court orders, reporting law and probation violations to the court, arresting probationers when necessary, and conducting drug tests and searches on probationers. 
  • Prepare Reports for the Court Probation Officers assist judges in their sentencing decisions by preparing various written reports.
    • Such reports provide biographical, social, psychological and criminal background information on individuals facing criminal charges and make recommendations to the court on these cases. Probation Officers also write reports advising the court of progress and performance of those already on probation.
  • Manage Specialized Caseloads: Intensive supervision of selected caseloads is provided by the following:
    • Domestic Violence Unit
    • Drug and other Collaborative Courts
    • Foster Home and Placement Units
    • Gang Violence Suppression Unit
    • Mentally Ill Offender
    • Secured Electronic Confinement
    • Sex Crimes
    • Special Enforcement Unit
    • Post Release Community Supervision
    • Pretrial Supervision

Probationers who no longer require close supervision may be transferred to caseloads with minimal monitoring.

Operate Juvenile Facilities: The Probation Department operates Juvenile Hall and two other juvenile facilities. These facilities are staffed primarily by Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officers (DJCOs) who oversee and supervise all the daily activities of youth in their living units. Activities include: showers, hygiene needs, meals, movement to schools, recreation, physical exercise, conducting special educational groups, assisting them with working on individual goals, situational counseling, arranging for medical needs, providing them with structure regarding expectations and rules, dealing with discipline issues and other duties as determined. 

Placement Job Description
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist within the Orange County Probation Department. Potential assignments include:

Youth Facility:

  • 1:1 Visitation
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Clerical/General Assistance
  • College Preparation
  • Cooking
  • Drama & Theatrical Productions
  • Drawing/Sketching/Painting
  • Educational Presentations
  • Games
  • Haircuts
  • Interpreters
  • Job Skills Preparation
  • Letter Writing
  • Life Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Musical/Instrumental lessons
  • Parent Coaching
  • Resume/Job Application Help 
  • Sewing
  • Special Events
  • Sports
  • Storytelling
  • Study Hall /Tutoring (Math, Reading & Writing)

Regional Office (working with a probation officer):

  • Administrative Duties
  • Clerical/General Assistance
  • College Preparation
  • Computer Work/Data Entry
  • Filing Paperwork/Organize Files
  • Interacting with Probationers
  • Interpreter
  • Making Essential Phone Calls
  • Observe/help with the interview process
  • Proofread Reports
  • Resume/Job Application Help 
  • Special Projects or Specific Tasks
  • Summarize Police Reports 
  • Plus, many other opportunities

This list is not all-inclusive. Interns/VIPs often present new ideas and programs that become invaluable tools in helping troubled probationers reach success.

Requirements (subject to change): Extensive Background Check (plan for it to take 3 months); TB test.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Thank you for your interest in Volunteering for Probation. It is a great opportunity to meet with at-risk youth and make a difference in their lives. In order to intern for our agency, there are specific steps to take. The first step is to attend a Volunteer Information Meeting and complete the application and reference form. Learn more here:

PrisonPandemic  (Site #809) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2024: NO 
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available:   10+       Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): UCI Campus - SSPB
Hours of Operation:  M-F 9-5; flexible                             
Site Website:
Main Contact:  Dr. Keramet Reiter                        Title:  Professor 
Email Address:           Phone:  949-824-9201

About the Organization:   By providing a digital archive of stories, UCI PrisonPandemic™ is bringing greater transparency to the COVID-19 crisis in prisons and jails. Made up of faculty and students at the University of California, Irvine, it is an ongoing initiative to collect stories from people incarcerated in California carceral facilities, their family members and loved ones, and the staff who work in these facilities. In creating PrisonPandemic, our hope is that the archive will outlive the COVID-19 pandemic and serve as a resource for understanding the unequal toll of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Placement Job Description: 

   In this experiential learning lab, you will work in teams with faculty and graduate students to assist in collecting and processing stories from incarcerated people in California. Student tasks will include: redacting, scanning, and processing letters from incarcerated people for permanent library archiving; and transcribing and identifying key themes in letters or audio files for inclusion on the PrisonPandemic website. You will gain research skills while working on a community oriented education project and have the opportunity to reflect on and write about this experience with small group members, classmates, and PrisonPandemic faculty and graduate students. Class attendance will be in person.


Requirements (subject to change): No previous experience needed. Good attention to detail is required.
COVID-19 Protocols: NONE
How to Apply:

Tustin Police Foundation (Site #810) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall:  YES    Winter: YES       Spring:  YES   Summer 2024: YES (SS availability TBA)
Placement type:
Placements available: 
2          Length of Commitment:  1 to 3 quarters depending on their preference
Physical Address (if applicable): 300 Centennial Way Tustin, CA 92780
Hours of Operation:   Very flexible within M-F 9-5                            
Site Website:
Main Contact:  Mrs. Wendi Forrest                        Title: Executive Director
Email Address:      Phone: (657) 229-3724

About the Organization:
The mission of the Tustin Police Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the community by providing equipment, training, technology, and programs for the Tustin Police Department and the public it serves.
   The Tustin Police Foundation coordinates and cooperates with the Tustin Police Department as an independent non-profit corporation to assist the Police Department in its mission to work in partnership with other City departments, the residential and business community, and the governmental and non-profit agencies to reduce crime, provide a sense of safety and security, and improve the quality of life for those who visit and live in the City of Tustin.
   The Foundation raises funds for initiatives aimed at reducing crime, improving quality of life of the residents of Tustin, thereby improving the partnership between the community and the Police Department. These goals are vital parts of the Community Governance Model of Policing which the Tustin Police Department operates under.

Placement Job Description: 

     We are looking to revamp our online presence within the community so we are looking for individuals passionate about law enforcement who want to learn more about policing and spread that information online through social media posts, videos, web design, etc.

Requirements (subject to change): Respect for the law enforcement profession; Knowledge and comfort in creating social media and online postings; Live scans.
COVID-19 Protocols: none
How to Apply: Students can contact

UCI Police Department (Site #804)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: FULL   Winter: FULL     Spring: FULL   Summer 2024: Yes (SSI) & TBA (SSII)
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable):  UCI Campus - 410 E. Peltason Dr. Irvine, CA 92697 / UCI Medical Center - Public Safety Office, 101 The City Drive S. Building #52, Orange, CA 92868
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Tori Fiscus              Title: CSA Program Manager
Email Address:          Phone: 949-824-6090

About the Organization:
Our Mission, Vision, and Values at the UCI Police Department are the guiding principles we rely upon to effectively serve our community.

Our dedicated personnel are the foundation of our department. Our values, "Integrity, respect, transparency, fairness, and teamwork" are demonstrated by their daily service and actions through prevention, intervention, education, and enforcement. Our mission, "To serve in partnership with our community, supporting a safe and inclusive University" fully embraces our community-oriented policing philosophy and brings that philosophy to reality through partnerships and service. Our vision, "We aspire to achieve the highest standards of ethics and excellence in providing service to our community" leads our personnel to strive for only the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all they do.

Placement Job Description: 2 Positions are available at each of these departments. 

UCI Police Department (on-campus): Provide support to the Administrative Division in a variety of ways including:

  • Administrative Duties
  • Clerical/General Assistance
  • Computer Work/Data Entry
  • Filing Paperwork/Organize Files
  • Making Essential Phone Calls
  • Observe/help with interview processes
  • Special Projects or Specific Tasks
  •  Plus, many other opportunities

UCI Health Public Safety Division (at the UCI Medical Center): Under the direction of the Division Business Manager, the selected intern will provide support in the following areas

  •  Lost & Found
  •  Patient Valuables
  • Division Fleet
  • Managing Training Files
  • Clerical/General Assistance
  • Plus, many other opportunities

Requirements (subject to change):

  • Current State of California Driver's License
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with a diverse group of individuals
  • Skill in use of PC-based software (e.g. Word, Excel

COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required

How to Apply: Apply on our website at